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Pogonopus speciosus, Macrocnemum speciosum, Pogonopus, Chorcha de gallo

Pogonopus speciosus, Macrocnemum speciosum

Pogonopus, Chorcha de gallo
Family: Rubiaceae
Origin: Central America
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterPink flowers

This plant h from the New World is used as ornamentals. The fruit is a small - to 3/4in, fleshy, somewhat elongated berry containing many seeds. These are rarely seen under South Florida conditions. In some areas of the world (e.g., tropical Africa) the fruit is consumed as subsistance food.

Seeds, which are rarely available, germinate readily at a soil temperature of 66-75F. More commonly, softwood or semi-hardwood cuttings are rooted during the Summer. Plants flower within two years.

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